Feeling shy can be uncomfortable, as we may become self-conscious and bashful. Physically we may react and blush, feel shaky, or have difficulty with word finding. However, for some people ‘being shy’ can be more than just a momentary, nervous reaction. The experience of ‘being shy’ can develop over time into ongoing apprehension, panic, and avoidance that limit opportunities to engage with life.
Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD), sometimes known as social phobia, is characterised by an intense, persistent fear of social or performance situations.
These situations may include unfamiliar people and/or a perceived risk of scrutiny. Adults, children, and adolescents can all develop SAD. Those experiencing social anxiety often report fearing that their actions, or even the anxiety symptoms themselves, will cause embarrassment and humiliation.
The good news is there are well established, proven psychological strategies that successfully address social anxiety. If you or someone you know would benefit from finding out more on social anxiety treatments, then Vision Psychology has experienced and qualified clinicians who can help.
To book an appointment for help in overcoming social anxiety and extreme shyness, please call (07) 3088 5422.